See a N500k Wedding Budget Example: The Couple Had 100 Guests

Who else wants to see what a wedding budget looks like, more so, an example budget of a wedding organized with less than N500k budget? This is part 1 on the series in which I show you examples of budgets from small, low cost Nigerian weddings and in this post, you will discover how to plan a wedding in Nigeria with less than N500k (Five Hundred Thousand Naira) budget. You will get to see the expense items that made up the total wedding budget and how the costs were arrived at, such as the number of guests that attended, the type of reception venue used and the ways costs were saved during the wedding planning.

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Total cost of the wedding: N485,400.00 (slightly over N400k)

Number of guests in attendance: 100

Now, the Details of this Under N500k Nigerian Wedding

Here’s the summary of this low cost Nigerian wedding:

Bride + Groom Expenses N114,500.00
Stationery + Souvenirs N35,000.00
Venue + Decor N60,000.00
Food + Drinks N135,000.00
Entertainment + Visuals N60,000.00

Below is the breakdown budget of the under N500k Nigerian wedding:

  • Wedding Attire for Bride & Groom
    • Wedding rings (bride + groom) – gold or gold plated (GL) N15,000.00
    • Borrow/ rent a used or pre-owned wedding gown, bouquet, veil N20,000.00
    • Bride’s shoes N7,500.00
    • Bridal Accessories: earrings, necklace etc N10,000.00
    • Bridal beauty: Hair/ Nails/ Makeup N15,000.00
    • Groom’s Shoes N15,000.00
    • Groom’s wedding suit N15,000.00
    • Groom’s Accessories (e.g cuff links, belt, flower boutonniere/ pocket handkerchief) N15,000.00
    • Groom’s Grooming (e.g haircut, beard shaving) N2,000.00

Stationery & Souvenirs

  • Invitation cards & program printing N10,000.00
  • Souvenirs to gift guests N25,000.00

Reception Venue & Decoration

  • Venue (space is a free backyard) N0.00
  • Venue rentals (canopy tents, chairs etc) N50,000.00
  • Decoration: venue decor, bride n groom’s cars  N10,000.00

Reception Food & Drinks

  • Wedding Cake (caterer costed this at N150/ piece for each guest) N15,000.00
  • Food (at (N1000/ serving) N100,000.00
  • Drinks/ Juice/ Water (at N200/ guest) N20,000.00

Reception Entertainment & Visuals

  • Photography (No videos; only photos) N40,000.00
  • Master of Ceremony (MC) – done by a friend/ family member N0.00
  • DJ only (no music band) N20,000.00

Miscellaneous N80,900.00

*Miscellaneous fund is calculated as 20% of entire wedding estimate above. (anything else or just-in-case of emergency).

Cost Consideration for this 100-Guests Wedding Budget

Small weddings are classy when planned with care. Recently, there’s the growing trend on small, intimate weddings in Nigeria, even among celebrity personalities – on-air personality, Toke Makinwa recently had a secret, small intimate wedding. Nollywoord actress, Stephanie Okereke also had a low-key (but expensive) wedding. Nigerian musician, Tiwa Savage, had her low-key wedding in Dubai And, there are lots of other Nigerian celebrities that had such weddings, And everyday, we are seeing more Nigerians go for small, intimate weddings.

Here’s how this couple saved costs on vendor services, while planning this small, low budget wedding:

  • The wedding ceremony was at the court registry early in the morning with less than 20 close buddies, and the reception was in the afternoon
  • Reception venue was the backyard of one of the couples parents
  • The wedding guest list consisted of only close friends and family members
  • The couple rented whatever they could, instead of buying new ones: the bride rented her wedding gown and bouquet
  • They also asked friends and family to assist where necessary, instead of paying hired wedding vendors: the MC was a friend,
  • The couple excluded some things, to reduce costs: they only paid for a photographer’s service, and excluded video coverage; they hired a DJ and didn’t bother to hire a music band; they didn’t bother with venue decoration, they simply used their table-cloths borrowed from parents and close friends;

Disclaimer: The above example wedding budget is only but a guide, and should not be used “just as it is” – feel free to customize, reduce from it or add to it, it to suit your particular situation. The wedding cost saving tips in this post will be helpful.

NOTE: This wedding budget example is took place in Nigeria and reflect prices of items in the Nigerian market. Also note that prices of wedding things in big stores, cities and high-brow neighborhoods are higher.

The above budgets exclude wedding planning services, not because they are unnecessary, but this article is especially for couples who are planning their wedding with the help of their family and friends in place of a wedding planner. We, here at NaijaGlamWedding, highly recommend using a wedding planner if you’re very busy and don’t have helpers around. So, please add the cost of a wedding planner to your budget, if you want it.

Your Turn Now

I hope this post inspired you on how to go about the expenses for your small, intimate wedding. Be sure to read part 2 here – it’s an example of N700k small budget wedding in Nigeria.

So, now you have an idea about how to organize a low cost Nigerian wedding with less than N500k, using the sample budget above? What would you add or remove, assuming you have about or below N500k budget to spend on your own Nigerian wedding? Tell me in the comments box below.

About Stella Anokam

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  1. ogunleye samuel abiodun says:

    good day sir/ma,

    pls i want u to help me i have 500k for my welding ,i dont know how to spent it and the arrangemnt

    • Hello Samuel,

      A simple way is to divide that money into two and plan to use half for food and drinks, and the rest for the other wedding things (couple’s attire, venue, photography, decor etc).
      (Imagine: If you invite 250 people and you spend N1k on each person for food and drinks, that means N250k would be spent to feed 250 people. But the fact is that, depending on the location of your wedding, a plate of food and bottle of drink for one guest is likely to cost more than N1k. **OUR TIP: Instead, plan on having a wedding for fewer number of people).

      Generally, your ability to make that amount work well depends on making sure you invite not too many people; only invite the number of people that your food and drinks budget can cater for (to avoid a situation where some will get food and some will not, and most will leave cursing you – you don’t want that).

  2. Hi , love ur post d wedding budge is real nice , now I have rest of mind. But my problem is hw to put my colours together

    • Thanks, Charity. I’m happy to hear that.
      Wedding colour combo selection is one of the top headaches of about-to-wed brides; you’re not alone. However, there’s a way to keep it simple and easy on yourself – here are some tips:
      – Keep the number of colours very minimal (2 is great, 3 is okay, is too much);
      – Build your combo around your everyday favourite colour – this should be your MAIN wedding colour. Then choose one or two other colours that combine well with that colour. You can use this combo for your traditional wedding attire (2 prominent colours) and your aso-ebi colours (a simple way is to have them wear same colour and differentiate groups of people with a Gele or Fila/ cap colour)
      – For white wedding, use one of your main colours for your bridesmaids.
      -For reception venue decor – your main colour and a neutral colour (cream/ white).
      **Another way is to look for inspiration from wedding pictures of other people on Pinterest or Instagram, and pick one to replicate for your trad attire; pick one you like to use for your aso-ebi; pick one you like for your bridesmaids, venue decor etc.

  3. Ijeoma Boniface says:

    Thank you for your responce,,, there were really helpful….just want to know if printing traditional IV cards is important and is there a way I can do court registry without been there presently.. I mean getting the certificate in Ikeja court registry for my marriage… Without been present.
    Thank you for your helpful tips on wedding plans, am really glady, I came across this article.
    God bless you

    • You’re welcome, Ijeoma. I’m happy it helped. Here are my answers to your new questions:
      -Trad IVs: Most people don’t do it, usually because people they want to attend the trad are very close to them and will still be there with or without IV. However, if you have plenty cash, trad IV is okay; but if you are on a tight budget, and have a few big people you want to invite and think they will frown at invitation without a printed card, then print a few for those peeps.
      -Court registry: You have to physically be present at the court to get married in the court. But then, the whole court wedding thing is quick – doesn’t waste time.

      Hope those answers help 🙂

  4. Ijeoma Boniface says:

    Thank you for this articles on wedding plans… I need a traditional wedding plan,on all what to do to manage the cost of things..I budgeted 250,000 which includes the requirement of the list. My traditional marriage is coming up by 1 week of January.
    Kindly respond with urgency.
    Thank you

    • Hi Ijeoma, thanks for stopping by to read this post. Here’s an idea you can start with to break down your traditional wedding budget (but feel free to cut money from one thing to another when you hit the market):
      Reception (food, drinks, cake): 40% of total amount you have (that should come to N100,000)
      Venue decoration, rentals: 6% -> N15,000
      Bride and groom’s outfit: 24% -> N60,000
      Invitation cards, program: 6% -> N15,000
      DJ, Photography: 14% 14% -> 35,000
      Miscellaneous (just in case): 10% -> N25,000
      *The above is simply a suggestion – you can take it or leave it, or tweak it to suit you. And the consideration is that you will not be paying for a venue, maybe use your family compound.

      Hope that helps.

  5. Hi Stella,

    Great article. It’s glad to see a breakdown of activities required for a wedding. Thanks.

    This is super helpful an article to me being recently engaged and my fiance is talking settling down plans already. My major concern is the wedding dress, I don’t want to buy a new one no matter how cheap. I would love to rent one instead cos I want to wear a different dress for the reception; one that I can always use after the fact.

    Would you please recommend to me a store or stores in Nigeria where I can find quality wedding gowns for rent.

    Thank you.

    • Hi Neye, thanks for visiting us at, and especially for commenting. Congrats on your recent engagement and I’m glad our wedding-planning tips helped you.
      *I love the idea of a ‘second wedding-like dress’ or dinner gown worn during the reception. Here’s are some bridal stores that sell/ rent wedding gowns:
      -Juli Collections and a couple of others in this wedding vendors and stores list we compiled (click). By the way, Imani Swank is currently doing an awesome price discount on some lovely wedding gowns ( and also on Facebook). You could also check Hadassah Bridals -search them on Facebook. I’ll also ask for more stores, from the vendors in our wedding community. Let’s know how it goes.

  6. Christabel says:

    I just stumbled on your site and it is really helpful. I plan to have my wedding late November, I am moving it earlier cos after reading your post on avoiding popular wedding months. I have made up my mind I will convince my hubby for us to hold it in November. 100 guest and 500k budget, to be held during the week. My concern is how do I pull it off without offending colleagues at work?

    • Hi Christabel, thanks for taking action after reading my wedding planning tips. One of the ways to keep everyone happy is to have your way and keep everyone happy is to have the wedding far away, and after the wedding have a special party specially for those colleagues and friends you did not invite – this party is different from a thanksgiving party, as some people would feel offended if they were not invited to the wedding but invited to the after-wedding thanksgiving.
      *I understand how you feel – It’s a common concern among brides – feeling remorse about not inviting work colleagues or friends/ some family members to one’s wedding. Thing is that if you try to invite everyone, you will blow your budget and still have some guests gossiping that you were incapable of feeding every guest well (you know Naija people and their mouths…). *Let me wish you a successful wedding in advance; and thanks for commenting.

  7. I am planning a wedding of not more than 150-200k aside from tradition that is if my parent agree to make me do it for one day. i got a hall for 30 for a guess of not more than 100 guest. just want to have a wedding but nothing loud. Can i pull this through? pls reply

  8. Hafiz Adewuyi says:

    I like this post. Way to go. A wedding, a one day affair in my opinion is not something to go over the board spending on.

  9. reuben bridget says:

    I love this great job. I can now have a rest of mind about this wedding. cos hv been tinking on how to spend wisely for this wedding. my wedding is coming up soon, by august. Thanks


    please i want the email of this break down so i can show my man cos our wedding is coming so so soon

  11. Great wrk
    Love dis post
    I try to download d wedding budget calculator but not working pls can u help me make a wedding budget of 500k with 200 guest to the mail. Thanks.

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